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Sulphur man reaches plea deal, will be sentenced April 24

Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 9:37 AM

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A Sulphur man accused of several charges in separate incidents reached a plea agreement Monday.

John Wesley Billiot pleaded no contest to three counts of aggravated battery, two counts of armed robbery, two counts of armed robbery with a firearm and one count of obscenity, said District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Holly Carter.

Billiot faced charges of attempted second-degree murder and two counts of forcible rape, as well as four counts of tattooing a minor. The jail roster at Calcasieu Correctional Center lists 22 charges for him.

He is to be sentenced on April 24, Carter said.

Authorities accused Billiot of raping a 13-year-old girl twice between November 2010 and January 2011. Officials also said he tattooed his name on the victim’s right calf and her mother’s name on her left calf.

Billiot was accused of beating two juveniles and a man with a baseball bat in two separate incidents in January 2011.

Authorities said that on Jan. 3, 2011, Billiot and a woman, Tonya Boulay Rushing, drove two boys, ages 17 and 15, to a secluded area in Edgerly, where they made them strip to their underwear and beat them with a baseball bat.

He was charged with two counts of aggravated battery, armed robbery and simple kidnapping.

Court documents show Billiot was indicted on murder charges in relation to a Jan. 15, 2011, incident.

The sheriff’s report alleges that Billiot and another man, Scott Melancon, took the victim to an empty field off La. 109 and beat him with a baseball bat, then left him in the field.

Skipper pleads guilty to cruelty to juvenile

A woman accused of principal to aggravated rape pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of cruelty to a juvenile Monday, District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Holly Carter said.

Janice Skipper, 35, was given two years in the Calcasieu Correctional Center; a 10-year suspended prison sentence; and five years’ supervised probation, she said.

Her husband, Damon Troy Skipper, 46, remains jailed on $850,000 bond.

Authorities said the assault occurred between March 1, 2010, and Oct. 31, 2010.


Deon Granger’s second-degree murder case was continued to Feb. 25, and William Paul Morgan’s kidnapping case was continued to June 24.

Posted By: Jane Doe On: 6/10/2013

Title: observer

from all the media hype here I man is serving time for 3 people....this was a kangaroo court from the get go...the other 2 who planned the crimes got off with 10 years probation to walk around decent human beings? it is not.....

Posted By: Jane On: 3/13/2013

Title: sulphur man takes plea deal

whata about tonya boulay and scott melancon they got nothhing but a slap on the wrist and scott was in military had vehicle and motive the man in the field was seeing his wife.nothing done to brother and sister but billiot has to get punished with prison the others possibly probation i doubt it

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